|Fuego's Tacquileria: photo by Scott Suchman|
El Centro: With over 240 different tequilas and mezcals in its underground Tequileria bar-lounge, this 14 Street NW cantina’s collection will challenge the most avid fan. It offers vertical (compare aging techniques), horizontal (different producers), limited production, premium and mezcal tastings, or you can assemble your own from its extensive list.
Casa Oaxaca: Hailing from Oaxaca, a region known for its mezcal, this Adams Morgan regional offers an array of mezcals, as well as aged (taste ripe fruit, wood and spices), extra aged (wood barrels for over a year) and silver tequilas (herbal, citric, fresh fruit, floral) tequilas.
El Cucho: Sure, it has margs on draft, but this Columbia Heights party spot also takes tequila seriously, with dozens of different ones to try.
Fuego Cocina y Tequileria: This Clarendon Mexican’s handsomely rustic bar has some 100 tequilas on its shelves. Check out its list and choose a tasting of three for $13.
Masa 14: On 14 Street NW, this Latin/Asian hot spot’s lounge stocks some 110 different tequilas. Assemble horizontal, vertical, premium or Don Julio flights from its list.
Oyamel: Jose Andres’ Penn Quarter Mexican’s intriguing and informative tequila menu, describes tastings that offer insight into the different flavors, aromas and classes of hand-crafted tequilas and mezcals, along with anecdotes about its history and lore.
Rosa Mexicano: These colorful cantinas offer tastings from a list of specialty tequilas and stock mezcals.